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Child Abuse in Childrens Homes
Children are vulnerable individuals. When they are placed in care or with foster parents this vulnerability increases as do their needs and requirements for a safe and caring environment.
It is the responsibility of the care home or foster parents to ensure that they are protected, along with the local authority. Unfortunately this is not always the case as children find themselves subject to physical, sexual or emotional abuse or a combination of these.
Here at Ramsdens the Child Abuse team led by Natalie Marrison have extensive experience recovering compensation for those survivors providing an all encompassing service from initial reports through to conclusion and after care plans.
A report should be made to the Police as soon as possible if you, your child or anyone has suffered abuse or is suspected to have. The police will appoint a Child Protection Officer who will speak in confidence to obtain the required information in order to investigate further. All of this will be in confidence. At Ramsdens we are able to guide you through this process providing full support and advice.
A claim can be brought against the children’s home who failed to protect the child from the abuse that they were subjected to. The home may be privately owned or may be owned by the Local Authority.They may be responsible for the actions of an employee whofailed to safeguard a child within their care and in addition may have failed to act having knowledge of an act of abuse or conduct of an individual that then later led to abuse.
If the abuse was within a foster care environment following recent case law the Local Authority can be held to account due to their responsibility to ensure that a child placed was not subjected to harm.
A claim can also be brought against the individual abuser depending on their financial circumstances. Here at Ramsdens we are able to advise you as to the best course of action which may be more than one claim.
The law states that a claim should be brought by the survivors 21st birthday. The Courts however acknowledge that it can take a survivor some years to come forward due to the distressing nature of the abuse that they have been subjected to. In this regard we at Ramsdens have a wealth of knowledge in waiving this time limit so that a claim can proceed out of time. We have an continue to deal with cases decades outside this time scale.
We have expertise in advising on claims involving abuse within a children’s home or foster care. We understand that no level of compensation will right the wrong but will work with you so that as a survivor you are able to focus on the future. We will support through all aspects of the claim ensuring that contact with us is accessible at all times.
Our team are dedicated to helping survivors of abuse seeking compensation. If you think you may have a claim and wish to speak in confidence please contact our team of experienced solicitors today on 0113 887 1834 or complete the contact form to book a free information session at any of our offices.